BlackberriAudrey Joseph LGBTQ Entertainment AwardSelected by SF Pride Board of Directors
Audrey Joseph LGBTQ Entertainment Award
For those who have made a significant and historical impact, or left an indelible impression on the LGBTQ community and the movement for LGBTQ rights, through their artistic expression, or through their contribution within the entertainment industry.Blackberri is a songstylist, songmaker, poet, writer, photographer, health educator, and community advocate. In other words an Artivist. Born in 1945 in Buffalo, NY, Blackberri grew up in Baltimore, MD. He performed music and appeared in several films, including Marlon Riggs’s Tongues Untied, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret), Anthem, Affirmations, and Black is Black Ain’t, Isaac Julian’s Looking for Langston, and Nancy and Peter Adair’s Word is Out. Blackberri’s first album, Blackberri and Friends: Finally (1981) featured the classic award winning song, Eat the Rich. He also recorded the soundtrack for the Haight-Ashbury Radio Collective’s History of San Francisco, Knowing at the Gateway of Gold. This pioneer also appeared on the first anthology on Men’s Music Wall to Roses: Songs of Changing Men, which is now in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and Gay Men’s Music Strong Love Song of Gay Liberation, 1972-1981 CD. Blackberri is one of the most visible black queer/same gender-loving artivists in the country; he currently lives in Oakland and was recently awarded the lifetime achievement award from Generations.